Sep 21, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
Excerpted from THE BLAZE: Given the media‘s obsessive focus on former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s comments regarding the 47 percent of Americans who don’t pay income taxes, you could be justified in forgetting that a major crisis is still happening in the Middle East. Not only that, but that crisis actually took a serious turn for the worse yesterday, when the Salafi cleric Sheikh Abu Mundhir Al-Shinqiti reportedly issued a fatwa not only providing theological justifications for the killing of US Ambassador Chris Stevens, but also calling for the killing of more U.S. ambassadors.
The fatwa is being reported by the Middle East Media Research Institute:
Following the September 11, 2012 killing of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, a number of queries were sent in to the Salafi-jihadi website Minbar Al-Tawhid Wal-Jihad (MTJ) regarding the legitimacy of this action. Answering on behalf of the website‘s shari’a committee, Sheikh Abu Mundhir Al-Shinqiti issued a fatwa in which he approved of the killing of the U.S. ambassador and other U.S. diplomats, and refuted religious arguments raised by some Islamic scholars against such actions.
This fatwa followed a similar announcement by the leadership of Iran on Wednesday, which appears to have been intended to fan the flames of Arab rage regarding an anti-Islamic YouTube video:
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei announced his harsh condemnation of the U.S. and Zionism over the YouTube film, saying that it was aimed at degrading and humiliating Islam. He added: “The Muslims should know that this desperate move [i.e. the film] in response to the Islamic awakening is a sign of the glory and importance of this uprising, and of its growth.”[...]
Iranian officials and ayatollahs called on Muslims worldwide, especially Shi’ites, to actively protest across the world. In an interview broadcast on Al-Alam TV, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami said: “This wave of holy rage must turn into a hurricane or a tsunami against the U.S., so that they will refrain from toying with what is holy to the Muslims. They should learn that toying with Islam and with its most honorable prophet is tantamount to playing with a lion’s tail. They will pay a steep price for this. They have already paid for this, and they will pay more.”